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Faculty & Staff President Students

Lab, clinical instruction to resume May 4; commencement postponed to Aug. 8 

Continuing Penn College’s conscientious response to the ever-changing coronavirus crisis, the President’s Office has announced a revised plan to close out the Spring 2020 semester – a blueprint that calls for (among a comprehensive list of logistical considerations) resumption of laboratory and clinical instruction on May 4 and combining Spring Commencement with the summer ceremonies on Aug. 8.

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17 hours ago
Faculty & Staff General Information Students

Newsletters bridge social divide between CLC staff, children

Keeping communication lines open

As Penn College faculty find unique ways to teach their students remotely, teachers in the college’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center are keeping their young charges engaged from a distance, too.

“Each day, the teachers are sending an email to families with a suggested activity,” explained Barbara J. Albert, director of the children’s learning center. “The families are sending back photos of the children. The teachers then create a ‘newsletter’ which is shared with the families.”

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14 hours ago
Construction & Design Technologies Faculty & Staff General Information Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies NSSC Nursing & Health Sciences Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

College pitches in to protect COVID-19 front line

Donated equipment awaits delivery to health care providers.
Donated equipment awaits delivery to health care providers.

Pennsylvania College of Technology is aiding the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by donating personal protection equipment to area health care facilities.

Various departments have spent the past week collecting supplies – originally intended for on-campus student and staff use – to be distributed within the next few days to the college’s nursing home partners.

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18 hours ago
General Information

Campus Bloodmobile moved to downtown hotel

American Red CrossThe American Red Cross blood drive scheduled for April 8-9 at Penn College has been moved to The Genetti Hotel, 200 W. Fourth St., Williamsport. If those dates are not convenient, other drives are scheduled in the surrounding area. The Red Cross has a critical need for blood product donations as uncertainties remain during the coronavirus pandemic. Blood drives continue to be canceled at an alarming rate, and patients need a sufficient blood supply throughout the many weeks of this crisis and beyond. Healthy individuals are needed to schedule an appointment and donate in the days and weeks ahead to help patients who need lifesaving blood. Appointments are encouraged and can be made by logging onto the Red Cross website.

18 hours ago
Faculty & Staff Students

SGA adds to denunciation of peer’s comments

The Student Government Association has repudiated “xenophobic comments” made by a student against members of the Asian and Asian American communities, which “directly contradict and demean the values of Pennsylvania College of Technology and misrepresent the Penn College student body.” In passing the resolution introduced by Ethan M. McKenzie, a software development and information management major and senator-at-large for diversity and community engagement, SGA joins President Davie Jane Gilmour in strenuously condemning the recent online remarks.  The full text of SGA’s weekend action: SGA resolution

2 days ago
Sports Wildcat Weekly

Penn College softball player thankful

One week after its posting on Facebook and Twitter, the Pennsylvania College of Technology softball team’s “Virtual Catch” video had nearly 60,000 social media views while its idled players continue to practice social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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3 days ago
Automated Manufacturing & Machining Faculty & Staff Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies Students

Need meets know-how in college’s 3D printing lab

A Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member is employing his expertise to help protect frontline workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Eric K. Albert, associate professor of automated manufacturing and machining, is producing face shields with the college’s Stratasys 3D printers. Following a “recipe” provided by the company, Albert is manufacturing visors containing three mounting points for the insertion of clear plastic material to serve as the shield.  

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4 days ago
Faculty & Staff Students

Honored in absentia, 2020’s inductees no less ‘awesome’

The 2020 class of Penn College’s “Awesome Woman Exemplars” – 31 strong, at a time when strength is a particular virtue – have been recognized in a unique format necessitated by social distancing and inhibited gatherings.

Ordinarily celebrated at a reception also attended by their nominators, this year’s “ceremony” is available on the Office of Student Engagement’s portal page and the Student Life Facebook page (supplemented by a YouTube welcome video from Sammie L. Davis, coordinator of diversity and cultural life).

This year’s theme, continuing a campus tradition begun in March 2006 in conjunction with Women’s History Month, is “Valiant Women of the Vote,” marking the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s ratification.

Faculty/staff and students are encouraged to take a few minutes to view the slideshow, accented by inspiring and heartfelt comments from the honorees’ peers and mentors.


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4 days ago
Alumni Aviation Students Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

Aviation grad featured in national magazine

AOPA PilotLevi Schappel, who holds two degrees from Penn College – aviation technology (2012) and aviation maintenance technology (2014) – is among the Lycoming Engines employees interviewed for an eight-page article in the April edition of AOPA Pilot. Schappel supervises production of the high-performance Thunderbolt aircraft engine at Lycoming’s Williamsport plant, a custom manufacturing job that puts into daily practice his hands-on education at the college’s Lumley Aviation Center. “When you go to a race or an airshow and you see how much is demanded of these engines, it’s humbling,” Schappell said. “It makes you focus on doing everything you can to make sure they’re as good as they can possibly be.” The article, shared with permission of the publisher, is provided here: “Made to Order


March 24, 2020
General Information Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies Welding

Welding Digest spotlights college’s enhanced lab

An article and YouTube video about Penn College’s expanded welding lab in the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center have been added to the Welding Digest website. The American Welding Society’s premier digital news source, the site is designed to provide thousands of welders and allied professionals with news and information related to the welding/fabrication industry.

March 24, 2020
Business & Hospitality Digital Media & Marketing Faculty & Staff Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies Information Technology Students

College offers free development of ordering sites for businesses

Pennsylvania College of Technology students, guided by a quick-thinking faculty mentor in partnership with the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, are providing a true community service: facilitating online ordering pages for businesses still permitted to operate during the coronavirus pandemic.

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March 21, 2020